How to say it? I love the philosophy of ArchLinux, where everything is Kiss and we have daily updates. I've been what I call an "Archer" for a long time, who would come to be something of an ArchLinux loving user, although the term was not invented by me.
I am writing this post because some users have written to me asking for my opinion and recommendation about Arch. The bad thing about this distro for many users is the installation issue, which is a bit cumbersome and you have to do it with great care, and this is where Antergos take action.
My reasons for using Antergos
For starters, if you have a laptop or a desktop computer that brings with it the hated, unbearable and unnecessary UEFI, that for Antergos is not a problem. We only have to create a partition in Fat32 of no less than 100 MB and no more than 500 MB, which we will use as / Boot. That's it, it's that simple.
As simple it is also its graphical installer Like Ubuntu, that is, graphically we can easily install Next »Next style. I must clarify at this point that Antergos has a graphical or console installer, which is a little more advanced than the first one mentioned.
Antergos is to ArchLinux what Linux Mint (or Elementary) to Ubuntu. In other words, it offers us added value (not in Economic issues specifically), since it uses Arch's repositories, but has its own that contains very interesting packages.
In the Antergos repositories we find, for example, the package ttf-google-fonts, which contains all the typographic fonts of googlewebfont. For those of us who design websites this is very useful since we do not need to link our projects with the Google service at least in the initial stage. There are also other fonts.
In the repositories we also find some of the most popular icon themes such as Numix o KFaenza, or various applications such as Compton, Pyparted, and Yogurt for those like me who use AUR.
Appearance and options
Antergos has to GNOME very spoiled. I love the appearance by default when picking up the LiveCD in particular, it is very beautiful, sober and elegant, and how could it be otherwise, it is Flat. I would use Antergos with GNOME, which as many of you know I use KDE.
And that is another of the good things of Antergos (and bad at the same time from my reality); We can install not only GNOME, but other Desktop environments from the same installation CD, but through the Internet.
Among the options offered by Cnchi (the installer) are XFCE, Mate, KDE, Openbox, Cinnamon, and if you prefer to create your own Frankenstein, because we can choose to only install the Base System .. Why don't you do the same Arch, why?
Another thing that I love about its installer is that it allows us from the beginning to install a Firewall (or rather a front-end for IPTables), printing support, proprietary codecs, LibreOffice, Yaourt ... etc ..
For the rest, a distribution that is very fast is its startup and shutdown. And although perhaps these reasons are not enough for some, for me they are. Now without further ado, a screenshot of my Desktop (at work). 😛
If after reading all this you want to try this distro, then click on the button below that there are versions for 32 and 64 bits: